When Rob Zitz retired in 2011 after a distinguished 32 years of federal service, he was celebrated for his devotion to developing the next generation of Intelligence Community leaders. According to news accounts of his retirement, he continuously mentored and developed young minds and inspired everyone he has come into contact with.
Now an executive at Leidos, Zitz continues this legacy of service to the next generation. He participants in Leidos’ internal mentoring program, and serves the larger community of young government and industry professionals through active engagement in mentoring programs at the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) and the Intelligence National Security Alliance (INSA). Zitz regularly participates with Leidos in cyber challenges with high school and college students, and he is routinely invited to talk about careers in intelligence and homeland security at local colleges and universities.
Zitz was key to the Leidos-sponsored and highly successful WashingtonExec Inaugural STEM Symposium, which drew almost 2,000 students, teachers and parents in March 2014. He is currently involved in planning the 2015 STEM Symposium which will be held on March 7, 2015, which should be an even more successful event for young people.
Passionate about the next generation, Zitz mentors several young people at any given time. So it was no surprise when his background and service to young people caught the eye of senior AFCEA planners earlier this year as they considered speakers who would excite and encourage “Young AFCEANs” at the upcoming TechNet Asia-Pacific.
Zitz said, “I am happy to do it. One of the reasons I came to Leidos is the priority we put on helping develop young minds. We like to say, ‘we have the freedom to think forward’, and nothing embodies that better than mentoring our nation’s youth.”
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